Ed and Cheryl Bosch of Kings & Queens Companionship Care. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Companionship care comes with a royal welcome

Ed and Cheryl Bosch start a new business in Chemainus that offers a variety of services

Treating their clientele like royalty is the crowning glory of Kings & Queens Companionship Care.

Ed and Cheryl Bosch are offering a variety of services through their newly-formed company that lives up to its name.

“We just want everybody to feel special,” said Cheryl. “We thought Kings and Queens makes everyone feel special.”

“We kind of care over and above,” added Ed. “There’s care and we’ll go the extra mile.”

Services being provided in the Chemainus, Crofton, Ladysmith and Cowichan Valley areas include: transport to grocery shopping and errands; meal prep and reminders about meds; accompaniment to appointments; outings; engaging in favourite activities; maintaining comfort and personal safety; respite care during the day; socializing and light housekeeping; and much more as needs arise.

“I think Chemainus is due for something like this,” conceded Ed. “We can be there for that portion of their needs and the companionship end of things.”

With more seniors living in the area, the Bosches hope to fill a valuable need.

“We are a little bit different,” noted Ed. “We are a bit more geared toward the companionship end.”

“We just want people to feel they’re able to live in their homes independently and get groceries,” Cheryl indicated.

Ed was born in Cowichan District Hospital and resided in Duncan all his life before coming to Chemainus in 2009. He previously worked at the 49th Parallel Grocery store in Chemainus for five years.

Cheryl was born in Manitoba and lived in Nova Scotia during her early years before coming to Nanaimo.

Both have experience in assisting others with particular needs.

“I’ve worked with people with disabilities, brain injuries, seniors,” Ed indicated.

Cheryl has taken a course on dementia care for patients at the Sunset Lodge in Victoria and also worked with special needs kids.

Both are enthusiastic about starting this new service.

“This is something we’ve been planning on doing for quite a long time,” said Ed.

The area of respite care is especially important, they feel, to give husbands or wives a break from their spouses, who in some cases need around-the-clock care or attention to stay at home.

“One unique aspect of this is it could be a gentleman who wants a companion who’s a guy,” noted Ed.

They can talk about hockey or fishing or any of those “guy” types of things that might not be possible with a spouse or if they happen to live alone and don’t have family members nearby.

Sometimes just having someone to listen fills a huge void for people.

“I love that, just to hear the stories of these oldtimers,” Ed said. “These guys are a wealth of information. These guys are cool because they’ve lived through it.”

As time goes on, they hope to eventually hire additional people to work with any clients in outlying areas.

“We want this to be the centre of our business,” Ed stressed. “We want Chemainus people to feel we’re local, we’re for them.

“We’ve had a lot of good responses. We’re definitely going to serve Duncan, but this is our home base.”

“I can definitely see a need here and we want to fulfill that need,” noted Cheryl.

“People in our community are excited about us starting this business.”

Ed and Cheryl can be reached at 250-701-3536 and their website is www.kandqcompanionshipcare.ca. They have two vehicles available for transporting people.

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